UTAH: Preseason first-team All-American by The Sporting News and Athlon Sports ... named the No. 1 strong safety in the nation by The Sporting News ... preseason MWC Defensive Player of the Year by TSN and Lindy's (which also tapped him as one of the top-10 defensive backs in the nation) ... Bronko Nagurski and Lott Trophy candidate ... 2005 MWC Defensive Player of the Year is versatile enough to play virtually any skill position ... during his career, he has played strong safety, cornerback, nickel back, quarterback, returned punts, punted, held for the field goal kicker and played safety on the kickoff coverage teams ... has started in the defensive secondary since he was a true freshman ... after playing corner as a freshman, he moved to strong safety for 2004 and most of 2005 before moving back to corner to finish last season ... pre-fall plans have him starting at strong safety in the 4-3 and sliding to nickel when that formation is used ... is also Utah's starting punt returner and holder ... has the ability and athleticism to single-cover just about anybody ... 11 career interceptions is tied for the sixth-most ever at Utah.
2005-MWC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-conference defensive back and Emerald Bowl Defensive MVP ... started all 12 games ... led the MWC in passes defended with 16 (4 interceptions, 12 pass breakups) ... 11 tackles for loss ranked second on the team and seventh in the MWC ... 78 total tackles was third on the team ... had 3 of Utah's 5 total forced fumbles ... held All-America receiver Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech to 2 receptions for 19 yards in an incredible Emerald Bowl performance ... 4 pass breakups against New Mexico tied a Utah single-game record ... career-best 12 tackles against North Carolina ... named MWC Defensive Player of the Week twice--against Arizona and Wyoming ... led Utah with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown in win over Arizona ... recorded 9 tackles, 3 pass breakups and 1.5 TFL against Wyoming ... leading punt returner finished with 24 returns for 154 yards (6.4 average) ... career-long 44-yard punt return against Utah State.
2004-Second-team all-MWC choice played and started in 11 games (missed Arizona game with a knee injury) ... despite missing one game and all but a few games of another, he was Utah's third-leading tackler (75) and led the secondary in tackles ... 4 interceptions was second on the team and 5 pass breakups ranked third ... tied for the team lead with 4 double-digit tackles games ... led all tacklers in the Fiesta Bowl with career-high 11 stops ... also had a sack, tackle for loss and pass breakup against Pittsburgh in the bowl game ... tied season tackle high with 11 in back-to-back games against North Carolina and UNLV ... 2 pass break-ups and an interception vs. North Carolina ... 10 tackles against Air Force ... returned an interception for 34 yards to go along with 6 tackles and a pass breakup against San Diego State ... recovered a fumble for 31 yards and had an interception against Colorado State ... 1 interception and 8 tackles against BYU ... elected to the Utah Football Leadership Committee ... made the Athletics Honor Roll and the Dean's List with his 3.50 GPA fall semester.
2003-Named a first-team Freshman All-American by Scripps/FWAA (Football Writers of America Association) and College Sports Report.com... second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and College Football News ... honorable mention all-MWC ... played in all 12 games and started the last nine at right corner ... tied for league lead with 4 forced fumbles ... led Utes in interceptions (3) ... 4 sacks ranked second on team ... 60 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups and 1 fumble recovery ... part of some of the biggest plays of the season ... in closing minutes of Utah's upset win over No. 19 Oregon, he forced, then recovered, a fumble while sacking Oregon's QB on Utah's 38-yard ... helped preserve Utah's 3-0 victory over BYU by forcing a fumble on the BYU 22 that was recovered by Utah, which then ran out the clock ... season-best 10 tackles vs. Wyoming ... academic all-MWC.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time league offensive and defensive MVP ... three-time all-league ... two-time all-CIF ... first-team L.A. Times and Daily Bulletin ... second-team all-Southern Section CIF ... Rival & Student Sport Magazine all-region team ... Alta Loma High (Calif.) Best Receiver and MVP ... team captain and rookie of the year ... senior year had 129 tackles, 5 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 5 recovered fumbles, 587 yards rushing, 22 touchdowns, 965 yards passing and 5 TD passes ... Alta Loma HS was 2000 Mt. Baldy League champion ... also lettered in basketball and baseball.
PERSONAL: Son of Steven and Deborah Weddle ... one sister ... married to the former Chanel Blaquiere ... Chanel played soccer for Utah State ... very active in community service, including helping out at the Utah Food Bank, speaking on the importance of education at the Utah youth correctional facility, visiting children at the Utah Primary Children's Hospital and tutoring kids with learning disabilities at three different elementary schools... special education major ... full name is Eric Steven Weddle ... born Jan. 4, 1985.
YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL SACK 2003 12/9 29 31 60 4.5-33 4-30 2004 11/11 47 28 75 4.5-21 1-3 2005 12/12 49 29 78 11.0-46 4-29 Totals 35/32 125 88 213 20.0-100 9-62